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Title: Enhancing Peer Review - NIH Staff Training - 01/22/2009


1

Enhancing Peer Review Frequently Asked Questions
on Application Changes
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Overview and Timeline
  • Enhanced review criteria
  • New scoring system
  • Criterion scoring
  • Structured critiques
  • Score order review
  • Clustering of New Inv. Applications
  • Phase out of A2 applications
  • Identification of Early Stage Investigator (ESI)
    R01 applications
  • Restructured Applications
  • Shorter Page Limits and New Instructions

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Reminder
  • Major changes to application forms intended for
    due dates on or after January 25, 2010
  • Restructured Application Forms
  • Require the downloading of new forms (paper and
    electronic)
  • New Instructions Including Shorter Page Limits
  • For ALL competing applications
  • New, Renewal, Revision, and Resubmission

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Web Video on Application Changes
http//enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/application_c
hanges_video.html
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Answering Your Questions
  • How are applications being restructured?
  • What are the new page limits?
  • What if I submit my application early?
  • Do the changes apply to paper applications?
  • What are the implications for resubmissions?
  • What are the changes for Ts, Ks, and Fs?
  • Do you have grant-writing advice?
  • Can I start writing my research plan now?
  • How do I know which application package to use?
  • Are there changes to Research Plan attachments?
  • How does this affect continuous submission?

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How are applications being restructured?
  • There are 3 major changes!
  • Research Plan
  • Specific Aims
  • Separate page
  • Includes new language about the impact of the
    proposed research
  • Research Strategy
  • New section with 3 parts
  • Significance
  • Innovation
  • Approach
  • Preliminary Studies for New Applicants
  • Progress Report for Renewal and Revision
    Applications

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How are applications being restructured?
(Continued)
  • Resources
  • Better reflects the Environment criterion
  • Includes institutional commitment and support for
    ESIs
  • Biographical Sketch
  • Includes a Personal Statement
  • Provides guidelines for inclusion of 15
    publications
  • NOTE For Renewal Type 2 applications, the list
    of publications from the previous competing
    period is a separate section and is not included
    in the Biographical Sketch publications

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What are the new page limits?
  • Research Strategy 6, 12, or 30 pages
  • Specific Aims 1 page
  • Introduction for resubmissions/revisions 1 page
  • http//enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/page_limits.h
    tml
  • Check table of page limits for
    exceptions

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What if I submit my application early?
  • No problem, but
  • Changes apply to ALL applications intended for
    the January 25, 2010 due date and beyond
  • Applications submitted early must use the new
    forms and follow the new instructions including
    shorter page limits

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Do the changes apply to paper applications?
  • YES!
  • Changes have been made to both electronic and
    paper application packages
  • Applicants must read the new FOA and application
    instructions carefully
  • Page limits apply to multi-component applications

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What are the implications for resubmissions?
  • New page limits must be followed for
    resubmissions
  • No grandparenting of page limits
  • All activity codes! No exceptions!
  • Applicants need to download the new forms and
    follow the new instructions
  • Reminder An A2 application is allowed until
    January 7, 2011 if the A0 was submitted before
    January 25, 2009

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What are the changes for Ts, Fs, and Ks?
  • Training (T) applications
  • Page limit remains at 25
  • Transition to electronic applications at same
    time
  • Biosketch and Resources changes apply
  • Career Development (K) applications
  • Page limit decreases to 12 pages
  • Research Strategy changes apply
  • Biosketch and Resources changes apply
  • Fellowship (F) applications
  • Page limit decreases to 6 pages
  • Research Strategy changes apply
  • Biosketch and Resources changes apply
  • Check table of page limits for exceptions

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Do you have grant-writing advice?
  • Certainly! Applicants should
  • Read and follow all the application instructions
    (http//grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm)
  • Read and address the review criteria
  • Pay attention to any special features of the FOA

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Can I start writing my research plan now?
  • Of course!
  • Applicants may begin writing their research plan
    now but should wait to download the forms as
    they become available (via link in FOA) in
    December
  • Read the Enhancing Peer Review website with links
    to
  • The Guide Notices
  • Table of Page Limits
  • Details of Application Changes
  • And other resources
  • http//enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/restructured_
    applications.html

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How do I know which application package to use?
  • Until early February, applicants will have to
    choose between the old and new application
    packages
  • Applications submitted with incorrect forms will
    be delayed and may not be reviewed!

Until January 25, 2010 On and after January 25, 2010
Electronic SF 424 (RR) ADOBE-FORMS-A ADOBE-FORMS-B
Paper PHS 398 Revision date 11/2007 Revision date 06/2009
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Are there changes to research plan attachments?
  • Yes! 2 major changes
  • A single attachment for the Research Strategy
    increases applicant control by combining the
    previous 3 sections
  • Background and Significance
  • Preliminary Studies/Progress Report
  • Research Designs and Methods

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Are there changes to research plan attachments?
(continued)
  • The Research Strategy section will not have
    bookmarks. Applicants should use these headings
  • Significance
  • Innovation
  • Approach
  • Preliminary Studies for New Applications
  • Progress Report for Renewal and Revision
    Applications

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How does this affect continuous submission?
  • Non-AIDS applications
  • Before January 25, applicants need to use
    ADOBE-FORMS-A
  • On and after January 25, they must use
    ADOBE-FORMS-B
  • R01, R21, and R34 AIDS applications
  • Until February 7, applicants should use
    ADOBE-FORMS-A for applications that would have
    been due on January 7
  • After February 7, applicants must use
    ADOBE-FORMS-B

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Once youve submitted
  • Applicants, do not just submit and walk away from
    your electronic application submissions you
    must
  • Check eRA Commons for errors and warnings
  • Promptly address any issues identified
  • Check your application one more time!
  • Failure to follow instructions will NOT be an
    acceptable reason for a late application.

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For additional information
  • Enhancing Peer Review at NIH Web Site
  • http//enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov
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